Saturday, July 25, 2009
yesterday, I finally watched 500 Days of Summer. I've been anticipating its release for months, but it nevertheless took me a week to get myself to the movie theatre. I went with my best friend, and we spent the rest of the night bashing shitty ex-boyfriends and talking about how Talia Shire singlehandedly ruined the third G-dfather film with her atrocious acting.
two things really struck me about the movie.
1. you know those perfect music moments in your favourite films, the ones that give you shivers? the ending of Fight Club with Pixies, or the opening of Eternal Sunshine with Beck? the entire damn film was like that. Mychael Danna scored the film, and he did a brilliant job, just like he did with Little Miss Sunshine.
2. the reality vs expectations scene. that hit me like a ton of bricks.
the film was funny and original and simply lovely. I'd highly recommend it.
anyhow, this post is dedicated to Joseph Gorden-Levitt's character, Tom.
even though my history with relationships is a lot more aligned with Zooey Deschanel's Summer (aka I avoid them like the plague), I sympathized with Tom a lot more.
if I ever met my musical soulmate only to have them leave me, I would go insane.
Bob Dylan - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (live, No Direction Home, 1966) [mp3]
Sonic Youth - Tom Violence (live, Hollywood, 1990) [mp3]
Shinobu - Dear Thomas Merton (This Man is an Island) [mp3, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!]
this was my favourite song off Herostratus vs Time, an album from a local indie band that I was obsessed with in high school. the misery pretty much encapsulates Tom precisely.
The Who - Sparks [mp3]
from Tommy, and Almost Famous ; )
The Clash - Tommy Gun (live, Memorial Colosium 1982) [mp3]
Friday, July 24, 2009
hailing from California's very own East Bay, Mister Loveless are bringing back post-punk gloom like Interpol and Editors did before them. with lyrics contemplating youth and age, their lead singer comes off as wise as a non-senile old person, with an addictively scratchy voice to match. having recently replaced their drummer, the band is still honing their sound; but rest assured, they are heading in the right direction.
Rob Miller - Vocals/Guitars
Sean Gaffney - Guitars/Backup Vocals
Charlie Koliha - Bass Guitar
Nick Clark - Drums
their Two Words EP is an interesting change of pace from other indie bands that rely too heavily on "soaring harmonies" or "melodic bliss". that transcendent shit doesn't fair well with me. I like rock music, pure and simple. the band's "Good Story" has been humming in my head all week. I think it's their best track, so listen below:
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Topper has no memory of his original lyrics, though former Clash co-manager Kosmo Vinyl told us it was a filthy ode to Headon’s girlfriend. "He had really pornographic lyrics for it if I remember correctly," Vinyl says. "Very, very pornographic lyrics."
Strummer decided to take the song in a different direction. His inspiration came from the Clash’s other manager, Bernie Rhodes, who asked the band, "Does everything have to be as long as a raga?" after a particularly long take of the track "Sean Flynn."
"I got back to the hotel that night and wrote on a typewriter, 'The King told the boogie men You gotta get that raga drop,' " Strummer said shortly before he died in 2002. "I looked at it and for some reason I started to think about what someone had told me earlier, that you get lashed for owning a disco album in
you can even stream audio of Topper playing the different parts of the song on a piano, which is pretty cool.
having just read Spin's not-so-good review of the Monkeys' forthcoming Humbug (they call it predictable and unfocused, and end with the sentiment that it's best to wait for their fourth "return to form" album), I am not convinced. Alex Turner and co will always be brilliant in my book. plus, I really like the new single.
so this post is a tribute to Arctic Monkeys' tribute to The Strokes. long live my favourite bands.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I've recently stumbled upon a gem in my unheard music folder: Ryan Adams' entire set from Austin City Limits in 2002. oh, to be young. just thought I'd share.
1. Intro [mp3]
2. Nuclear [mp3]
3. Firecracker [mp3]
4. Answering Bell/Wharf Rat [mp3]
5. Touch, Feel & Lose [mp3]
6. La Cienga Just Smiled [mp3]
7. To Be Young [mp3]
8. Shakedown on 9th St [mp3]
9. New York, New York [mp3]
10. Brown Sugar [mp3]
11. Nobody Girl [mp3]
Ryan Adams - Live at Austin City Limits (2002) [zip]
this is hilarious.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
one of the greatest bands ever gets the treatment from Magnet. the verdict?
1. I'm Waiting for the Man
2. I'll Be Your Mirror
3. Sister Ray
4. Pale Blue Eyes
5. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
1. The Black Angel's Death Song
2. Lady Godiva's Operation
3. The Murder Mystery
4. New Age
5. Hey Mr. Rain
read the entire article HERE. I love what they have to say about "Lady Godiva's Operation". and "The Black Angel's Death Song" is one of my favourite songs, ever.
The Velvet Underground - The Black Angel's Death Song [mp3]
1. Juicebox [mp3] [video]
2. Hard to Explain [mp3] [video]
3. Last Nite [mp3] [video]
4. You Only Live Once
the available [video] of this song seems to be distorted, sorry.
5. Someday [mp3] [video]
6. Take It Or Leave It [mp3] [video]
7. 12:51 [mp3] [video]
8. Vision of Division [mp3] [video]
the last song of the set, which made me realize early on in my Strokes-journey that this band is the greatest fucking thing on earth.
ZIP FILE OF MP3s
Champagne in Seashells will contain six songs and will be released on Septermber 21
Long Way to Go
Won't Change My Mind
On Your Side
Captain Cat is Crying
Liam Finn - I Will Explode (bonus track from I'll Be Lightning) [mp3]
Monday, July 20, 2009
a few days ago, I posted about the upcoming Frightened Rabbit tour, but I recently received a press release reminder, with mp3s, for the tour. I thought you guys might enjoy the following songs, see tour dates below:
9/12 Morrison CO Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Frightened Rabbit)
9/13 Morrison CO Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre (The Twilight Sad + We Were Promised Jetpacks)
9/ UT Urban Lounge
9/15 Boise ID Neurolux
9/16 Seattle WA Neumo's
9/17 Portland OR Dante's
9/18 San Francisco CA The Independent
9/22 Tucson AZ Plush
9/24 Austin TX The Mohawk
9/ Spanish Moon
9/26 Birmingham AL Bottletree
9/27 Atlanta GA The
9/28 Tallahassee FL Club Downunder
9/29 Orlando FL The Social
THE TWILIGHT SAD + BRAKESBRAKESBRAKES + WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS
10/1 Chapel Hill NC Local 506
10/3 Philadelphia PA North Star
10/5 Washington DC Black Cat Backstage
10/6 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
10/7 Allston MA Great Scott
10/9 Montreal QC La Sala Rossa
10/10 Toronto ON El Mocambo
10/11 Ann Arbor MI Blind Pig
10/12 Chicago IL Empty Bottle
Sunday, July 19, 2009
according to a news headline on their official website, the Strokes are back in studio! the caption states that the album should be released "EARLY NEXT YEAR" and promises updates. I was hoping for a November release but I wouldn't mind all that much to wait a couple of extra months (especially with Jules' forthcoming solo album and tour to look forward to)
they "officially" began working on the album on March 27th, after initially meeting on February 11th to brainstorm. I think the most recent update means that they've begun recording. I.am.so.excited.
The Strokes - This Life ("Trying Your Luck" demo) [mp3]
I've seen things about this band all over the internet lately, and I finally listened to them last night. The verdict? This is one of the best bands to emerge this year. And I base that claim on my taste of two songs.